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Dan Berger says incarcerated people must be freed to halt virus spread

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When the coronavirus pandemic hit Washington state, IAS faculty member Dan Berger thought immediately of prisons. As co-curator of the Washington Prison History Project, Berger joined a chorus of activists and scholars calling for Gov. Jay Inslee to release many of the 19,000 people incarcerated in the state’s prisons and jails. Read his interview in University of Washington Magazine.

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IAS Faculty Members Win Simpson Center Funding Awards

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Five IAS faculty members won Simpson Center for the Humanities awards in the Spring 2020 funding round. Dan BergerChing-In ChenNeil SimpkinsRon Krabill, and Ben Gardner's funded projects include ...

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Dan Berger: As the Coronavirus Spreads, Prisoners are Rising Up for their Health

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IAS faculty member Dan Berger published an op-ed in The Appeal about the rising number of protests in jails, prisons, and detention centers against the spread of the pandemic. More than 3,000 incarcerated people have participated in more than 75 protests and uprisings, Berger and his coauthors write. He coauthored the op-ed with two researchers from Perilous Chronicle, a digital timeline of prisoner unrest in the twenty-first century. ...

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Dan Berger awarded grant to study labor movement origins of affirmative action

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IAS faculty member Dan Berger was awarded a Faculty Labor Research Grant by the UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies to study the labor movement origins of the fight for affirmative action in the 1960s and 1970s. In particular, he is looking at how working class Black organizers sought affirmative action across three interrelated domains: the university, labor unions, and ...

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Dan Berger: In a Pandemic, Prisons are a Problem

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IAS faculty member Dan Berger published an article in the UW Center for Human Rights website on the problem pandemics pose for prison. "While Washington state has ostensibly abolished the death penalty, its approach to incarceration now puts thousands of people at risk–in and out of prison–of a most painful and preventable death due to coronavirus," Berger writes. "The safest measure to “flatten the curve” ...

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